Issue: Mar 2011


Ford Honors Global Suppliers for Strong Performance in 2010



by John Larkin

Ford recognized its 2010 top performing global suppliers recently with the World Excellence Awards, the company's highest recognition for its suppliers across the globe. Forty-seven suppliers representing 16 countries were recognized at the 13th annual event.

The World Excellence Awards honor production and nonproduction suppliers that have aligned themselves with the values and operating practices of Ford while reaching the highest quality, technology, cost and delivery standards. The winning companies represent thousands of employees who bring diverse cultures, values and ideas to Ford in the products and services they provide.

Tony Brown, group vice president, Global Purchasing, thanked Ford's supplier partners for their commitment to helping Ford deliver high-quality products to customers. "The One Ford transformation would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our suppliers. Our 2010 World Excellence Award winners have shown an unwavering commitment to excellence in technology, quality and cost efficiency. Congratulations, and thank you for helping Ford serve customers with the best vehicles in the world," said Brown.

"We made tremendous progress on the One Ford plan in 2010 and the partnership with our suppliers was absolutely critical in making that happen," said Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO. "Thanks to all of our World Excellence Award winners for the work you are doing to contribute to our mutual success and serve our global customers with the very best cars and trucks."

There are three levels of World Excellence Awards - Gold, Silver and Recognition of Achievement. Gold and Silver awards are presented to suppliers demonstrating superior quality, delivery and cost performance. Fifteen Gold and 26 Silver awards were presented this year.

Recognition of Achievement is given to suppliers that improve customer satisfaction by providing significant contributions in key areas: New Consumer-Focused Technology, Consumer-Driven Six Sigma, Durability and Reliability Performance, Corporate Responsibility, Community Service, and a new award for Supplier Diversity Development. Twelve suppliers received Recognition of Achievement awards.

The 2010 winners are:

Gold

-- Active Aero Group; Belleville, Mich., USA - Air Charter Logistics
-- Autoliv; Valencia, Spain - Airbags
-- Cheng Shin Rubber; Changhwa, Taiwan - Tires
-- Cross Country Automotive Services; Medford, Mass., USA - Roadside
Assistance
-- Denso - Michigan Automotive Compressor; Parma, Mich., USA - A/C
Compressors
-- Grupo Antolin International Door Systems; Hermosillo, Mexico - Door
Modules
-- Mahle Engine Components; Morristown, Tenn., USA - Pistons
-- Penske Logistics; Reading, Pa., USA - Logistics Services
-- Ricardo; Van Buren Township, Mich., USA - Service Parts Value Management
-- Robert Bosch; Immenstadt, Germany - ABS Brakes
-- Ronal; Walbrzych, Poland - Wheels
-- Saturn Electronics & Engineering; Coopersville, Mich., USA - Solenoids
-- Sumitomo Corporation of America; Perai, Penang Malaysia - Radios
-- The Imagination Group; London, U.K. - Auto Show Services
-- ZF Getriebe; Saarbrucken, Germany - Automatic Transmissions

Silver

-- Autoliv Markham; Markham, Ontario, Canada - Restraint Electronics
-- Continental Automotive Systems; Newport News, Va., USA - Fuel Injectors
-- Dawson Manufacturing; Benton Harbor, Mich., USA - Body Mounts
-- Dura Automotive Systems; Lawrenceburg, Tenn., USA - Window Assemblies
-- EWIE; Ann Arbor, Mich., USA - Cutting Tools
-- Fanuc Robotics American; Rochester Hills, Mich., USA - Robots
-- Faurecia Automotive Exteriors; Barcelona, Spain - Bumper/Fascia
Components
-- Faurecia - Emissions Control Technologies; Rayong, Thailand - Mufflers
and Exhaust
-- Grupo Antolin - Dapsa; Burgos, Spain - Seats
-- Hayes Lemmerz - Borlem; Guarulhos, Sao Paulo, Brazil - Wheels
-- Lingemann; Bruhl, Germany - Power Transmission Supplies
-- Magna Seating; Excelsior Springs, Mo., USA - Seats
-- Midway Products - Progressive Stamping - Ottoville, Ohio, USA - Frames
and Crossmembers
-- NGK Spark Plug Ceramic Sensor; Komaki, Aichi, Japan - Engine Emission
Sensors
-- Pak Rite Industries; Ecorse, Mich., USA - Service Parts Packaging
-- Pegasus Transportation; Louisville, Ky., USA - Truckload Transportation
-- Piston Automotive; Redford, Mich., USA - Cooling Modules
-- Sanyo Electric Mobile Energy; Sumoto, Hyogo, Japan - HEV Battery Systems
-- Sibco Europe; Stoke-On-Trent, U.K. - Chemical Supplies
-- Summit Polymers; Jiangning, Nanjing, China - Instrument Panel Components
-- Tenneco Automotive; Valencia, Spain - Mufflers and Exhaust
-- Thai Koito Limited; Bangsaothong, Samutprakarn, Thailand - Headlamps
-- Thyssenkrupp Presta; Fameck, France - Steering Columns
-- Tung Thih Electronics; Xiamen, Fujian China - Park Aids
-- Visteon - Autopal; Hluk, Czech Republic - Radiator Assemblies
-- Webasto; Schierling, Germany - Moonroof Systems

Recognition of Achievement

-- BASF; Ludwigshafen, Germany - Corporate Responsibility
-- Continental, ADAS; Lindau, Germany - New Consumer-Focused Technology
-- Dakkota Integrated Systems; Holt, Mich., USA - Community Service
-- Dakkota Integrated Systems; Holt, Mich., USA - Supplier Diversity
Development - Diverse Supplier of the Year
-- FCC (Adams); Berne, Ind., USA - Durability and Reliability Delphi
-- International Automotive Components; Hermosillo, Mexico -
Consumer-Driven 6-Sigma
-- Johnson Controls; Milwaukee, Wis., USA - Corporate Responsibility
-- Johnson Controls; Milwaukee, Wis., USA - Supplier Diversity Development
- Corporation of the Year
-- Key Safety Systems; Sterling Heights, Mich., USA - New Consumer-Focused
Technology
-- Metaldyne Sintered Components Spain; Valencia, Spain - Durability and
Reliability
-- Visteon; Van Buren Township, Mich., USA - Corporate Responsibility
-- Yazaki North America; Leon, Nicaragua - Warranty Improvement

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 164,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.

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